Series Title: Discover America Description: Professionally-produced film about the California Western Railroad, or "Skunk Line," running from Fort Bragg to Willits, California, built by Charles R. Johnson in 1885 as part of the “Redwood Route” for moving redwood logs to Mendocino coast sawmills from the back country. Appears to have been filmed circa 1970. Call Number: 1998-117-8Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights: Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the... Topics: californialightandsound, Railroad travel--California, Travelogue
Description: Amateur footage of Southern Pacific passenger trains, "Coast Daylight," Southern Pacific ferry between San Francisco and Oakland.Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 8mm (Kodachrome camera original)Collection: Railroad Film CollectionFiling Location: WSF 200/34Rights: Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy... Topics: californialightandsound, Southern Pacific Railroad Company, Railroad travel--California, home movie
Description: Oral interview with George Clarkson, born 1929, in Bishop, California. Stories relate to Mr. Clarkson's father's employment with Southern Sierras Power Company, early ranching life in the Owens Valley, specificlaly Alfalfa ranching, the Narrow Gauge Railroad, the founding of the Spark Plug Mine and other mining ventures located in the White Mountains, bootleggers at Yellow Jacket Springs, and anecdotes about local characters including Dutch Pete and Richie Conway.Call Number:... Topics: californialightandsound, California, Eastern, Agriculture--California, Railroad travel--California,... Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Note: The first 30 seconds of part 2 contains overlapping content with the end of part 1.Description: An oral interview of Mary Gorman (Watterson), born 1889, near Bishop, California. Mary Gorman's family, the Wattersons, were popular, long-time residents of the Owens Valley. Stories included in this interview relate to early Owens Valley cattle and sheep ranching, the Narrow Gauge Railroad, school days at Warm Springs School, Bishop High School, and the Inyo Academy, and community life in... Topics: californialightandsound, California, Eastern, Cattle trade--California, Railroad... Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: A trip on the "California Zephyr" between Salt Lake City and San Francisco, the "Feather River Route." Narrator describes scenery as he writes a letter to his fiancee. Includes scenes of Portola, Sacramento, Oakland, San Francisco, East Bay and Marin County.Source: 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm (Kodachrome print)Collection: Railroad Film CollectionFiling Location: WSF 800/17Title on container: Go West to San FranciscoRights: Rights are owned by Union Pacific Railroad... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: californialightandsound, Western Pacific Railroad Company, California Zephyr (Express train):...
Description: Oral interview with Anna Kelley, born April 17, 1907, in Carson City, Nevada. Stories include early years growing up at Kearsarge Station, southern Inyo County, the ethnic mix of railroad workers on the Narrow Gauge line, Chinese in the Owens Valley, the flu epidemic in the early 1900s, and life in Eastern California during the Depression years. Included as well are recollections of Mrs. Kelley's marriage to OK Kelley, the war years from 1940 through 1946, creation of Manznanar War... Topics: californialightandsound, California, Eastern, Transportation, Railroad travel--California,... Source: 4 Tapes of 4: 1/8 inch audio cassette
Description: Oral interview of Mary DeDecker, born in 1909, in Oklahoma. Stories included relate to DeDecker's years in Independence, marriage to Paul DeDecker, and raising her family in the Owens Valley. Also, her community activism in relation to the Owens Valley Committee and Inyo County water issues, formation and accomplishments of the Bristlecone Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, and issues surrounding the Japanese and Chinese in the Owens Valley. Additionally, DeDecker... Topics: californialightandsound, Oral History, California, Eastern, Asian Americans--History, Japanese... Source: 3 Tapes of 3: 1/8 inch audio cassette